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Ampersand Advocates

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

3 ranked barristersBand 2Scotland (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table

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Ampersand Advocates is a highly regarded civil liberties and human rights stable, known for representing both private individuals and public bodies in significant proceedings. Practitioners at Ampersand are regularly instructed by the government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Recent work includes acting in the petition for judicial review by For Women Scotland regarding the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018.

Client service:

Alan Moffat is the advocates' clerk.

Strengths:

Aidan O'Neill QC
As a barrister practising across England, Wales and Scotland, Aidan O'Neill QC is well placed to advise on all aspects of human rights law in the context of the legal systems north and south of the border. He is highly regarded for his finely tuned advocacy skills and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court, CJEU and ECtHR.
"Aidan is a standout for his human rights work. He has an encyclopedic brain, he is hugely industrious and he is also very user-friendly. His court manner is forceful and robust." "He is a hugely experienced silk. He is very knowledgeable and is really great to work with."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court case Anwar v The Advocate General. The case related to the lack of availability of interim protective measures for claimants in employment tribunal discrimination claims in Scotland.

Strengths:

Douglas Ross QC
Douglas Ross QC draws upon his prior experience as a UN legal adviser to better assist his clients in significant cases. His highly active practice sees him making regular appearances before the Supreme Court, the Mental Health Tribunal and the High Court of Justiciary. He is particularly experienced in cases concerning prisoners' rights. His civil liberties and human rights practice is complemented by further expertise in the areas of personal injury and medical negligence.
"Strong, solid and sound."

Strengths:

Usman Tariq
Usman Tariq is a well-regarded civil liberties and human rights advocate whose practice is bolstered by his administrative and public law expertise.
"Usman has the ability to get on board quickly and absorb cases in a meaningful way. He is skilled as a negotiator and gives advice in very difficult circumstances in an elegant and able manner." "He is a very highly regarded practitioner and is tremendously able."
Recent work: Appeared in Ion Rusu v Secretary of State for the Home Department. This judicial review concerned Regulation 33 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, argued to be ultra vires on the basis that the UK government does not have power to remove EU national criminals from the UK pending their appeal against a deportation decision.

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Aidan O'Neill QC
Band 1
Douglas Ross QC
Band 2

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Usman Tariq
Band 2